Family relieved as veterans benefits approved


Mike Pyle (at home with his children, Mallory and Preston, in October) has undergone surgery to treat tumors in his lungs. He learned last week that veterans benefits have finally been approved. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Mike Pyle got the call he’s been waiting on for three years.

The young Greenfield family together fighting Mike’s Stage 4 lung cancer will now be taken care of financially.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized the cancer was the result of his exposure to toxins during his military service in the Persian Gulf War 23 years ago. The government will pay a monthly income for the family and all of his medical bills.

“We are so happy. Finally, finally, finally,” Mike’s wife, Krysty, said.

Speaking late last week from a VA hospital where Mike was having his second intensive surgery of the year to remove tumors from his lungs, Krysty said the financial blessing comes at a bittersweet time for the family.

Mike’s cancer isn’t going away; chemotherapy doesn’t seem to work, and surgeries will continue indefinitely.

As they continue to hold on to hope, the family remains grateful to the community for its overwhelming support and looks forward to new opportunities to give back.

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